Synthesis of Furanose Sugar Nucleotides from Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Campylobacter jejuni

  • Author / Creator
    Snitynsky, Ryan Blake
  • Five-membered ring furanose sugars, though absent in mammals, have been found in the cell walls of pathogenic bacteria such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Campylobacter jejuni. Because these sugars are only found in microorganisms, it has been proposed that inhibiting the enzymes these bacteria use to process furanose sugars could lead to the development of new targeted treatments against disease. To study these enzymes, access to their natural substrates and analogues is essential. In this work, we explored methods of producing these sugar nucleotides. First, activated donors were used to attempt to make a glycosyltransferase enzyme (GlfT2) work in reverse to produce sugar nucleotides. Subsequently, we attempted to expand the substrate scope of a nucleotidyltransferase (GalPUT). Finally, a wholly synthetic approach was developed to synthesize two nitrogen-containing furanose sugar nucleotides.

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    Spring 2014
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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Petersen, Nils (Chemistry)
    • Campbell, Robert (Chemistry)